Monday, June 30, 2008

Dream cardi complete!


Project Specs

Pattern: Dream Cardi from And So To Bed by Lucinda Guy
Wool: The pattern specified 9 balls of Rowan RYC, but I went for a more budget knit and used Bendigo Woollen Mill's Classic 8 ply in Musk (1 1/2 balls)
Size: 3 - 4 years
Notions: Three vintage shank buttons from my stash (thank goodness for yard sales!), 1 metre spotted pink ribbon.

I love this cardi, as does Grumbles judging by the number of times it's been worn since I finished it two weeks ago! I'm rather glad that my camera didn't pick up the spaghetti sauce stains on the sleeve *ahem*.

Despite adoring the cardigan, I did take a few liberties with the pattern. It originally called for the lower bodice to be knit separately using double yarn, but I felt it made the pattern (which was knit all in one) unnecessarily complicated, without any major visual payoff, so I rewrote the pattern to suit me, and worked it using only a single strand of yarn.

I also ignored the instruction for croched button loops, and instead made my own using this method from the lovely Anna, which I felt would be far more sturdy for the age group specified.

But other than those minor quibbles it's a great cardi, with a lovely stitch pattern, and I can tell it's going to be worn and worn and worn!

In fact, I rather fancy making one for myself! [Said whilst hunting around for a calculator and some note paper]

11 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I'll have one in charcoal, thanks.

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  2. Well done! Looks so sweet on her :)

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  3. Its a beautiful cardi! Very cute pics too.

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  4. it's fabulous! nice work!

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  5. kirsten2:58 pm

    fantastic!
    and such a model. :)

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  6. Great cardi .. and OMG at your girl-model ( that hair! that smile! ).

    Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous.

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  7. It looks just gorgeous and is clearly well loved- Very clever.

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  8. Oh she looks so adorable in her new cardigan. Glad to hear that you knit it using only 1 strand of yarn too, I was turned off by doubling the yarn for it. Was it easy to change to an 8 ply.

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  9. Gorgeous cardigan - beautiful model too - hope she had a fabulous birthday!! well done!

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  10. Just beautiful! And your recipient looks pleased, too.

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  11. She is such a cutie. That sweater turned out beautiful! No wonder she loves it. :)

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